What We Are Reading Today: City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris

Updated 08 December 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris

Author: Rupert Christiansen

Author Rupert Christiansen provides a sparkling account of the 19th-century reinvention of Paris as the most beautiful, exciting city in the world, in his book — “City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris.”
“City of Light” charts a 15-year project of urban renewal which — despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy — set a template for 19th- and early 20th-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe.
“Lively and engaging, ‘City of Light’ is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris,” according to a review in goodreads.com.
Christiansen is an English writer, journalist and critic.
Born in London, he was educated at Millfield and King’s College, Cambridge, where he took a double first in English.
As a Fulbright scholar, he also attended Columbia University from 1977 to 1978.


What We Are Reading Today: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Updated 20 January 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

  • New book reveals business model that underpins the digital world

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a chilling exposé of the business model that underpins the digital world. 

A review published in goodreads.com said that The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is neither a hand-wringing narrative of danger and decline nor a digital fairy tale. Rather, it offers a deeply reasoned and evocative examination of the contests over the next chapter of capitalism that will decide the meaning of information civilization in the 21st century. 

The Age of Surveillance Capital is a striking and illuminating book. 

A fellow reader remarked to me that it reminded him of Thomas Piketty’s magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, in that it opens one’s eyes to things we ought to have noticed, but had not. 

And if we fail to tame the new capitalist mutant rampaging through our societies then we will only have ourselves to blame, for we can no longer plead ignorance,” stated John Naughton in a review published in The Guardian.